Thursday, April 19, 2012
The disease that the Rani of Cooch Naheen contracts turns her skin from dark to light over a period of time. Eventually, when she dies, she is completely white. Though this probably is meant to mirror some actual disease, I think that it is mostly a metaphor for cultural assimilation and blending in India during this time. Though it is a good thing to be receptive to other cultures, it's important not to forget your roots though. The Rani even says that she is split between two cultures and her skin is a testimony to that.
Posted by mere at 2:51 AM